More Filipinos go hungry in Q2 this year – SWS

Robie de Guzman   •   July 23, 2019   •   622

Courtesy: Cerilo Ebrano/PVI-PRESS

MANILA, Philippines – The number of Filipino families who experienced hunger slightly went up in the second quarter of the year, a survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed Monday (July 22).

In the nationwide survey conducted from June 22 to 26, the SWS found that 10 percent or an estimated 2.5 million families experienced involuntary hunger at least once in the past three months.

The pollster said this figure is slightly higher than the 9.5 percent or an estimated 2.3 million Filipinos recorded in March 2019.

The measure of Hunger refers to involuntary suffering since the survey question specifies that the hunger experienced was due to lack of food to eat.

The SWS said the 10 percent nationwide quarterly hunger rate in June is the sum of 8.7 percent or an estimated 2.1 million families who experienced moderate hunger, and 1.3 percent or an estimated 320,000 families who experienced severe hunger.

Moderate hunger refers to those who experienced hunger only once or “a few times” in the last three months, while severe hunger refers to those who experienced it “often” or “always” in the last three months.

The SWS noted that the rise in the nationwide Hunger rate comes after a decrease of 3.8 percentage points within the previous three quarters.

From 13.3 percent or an estimated 3.1 million families in September 2018, it subsided to 10.5 percent in December, and then to 9.5 percent in March 2019.

The pollster, however, said the increase happened only among the self-rated poor and self-rated food poor families.

Self-Rated Poverty measures the proportion of respondents rating their family as poor, while Self-Rated Food Poverty refers to respondents rating the food their family eats as poor.

Among self-rated poor families, the Hunger rate went up by 4.3 points, from 11.9 percent in March (estimated 1.1 million families) in March, to 16.2 percent (estimated 1.8 million families) in June.

In contrast, it went down by 3 points among self-rated non-poor families, from 7.9% in March, to 4.9% in June.

While among self-rated food poor families, it went up from 14.2 percent (estimated 959,000 million families) in March, to 17.3 percent (estimated 1.5 million families) in June.

It went down by 1.6 points among self-rated non-food poor families from 7.7 percent in March, to 6.1 percent in June.

The SWS said that by area, the nationwide quarterly Hunger incidence of 10% consists of 15.7 percent in Metro Manila, 9.3 percent in Balance Luzon, 8.7 percent in the Visayas, and 9.0 percent in Mindanao.

The SWS June 2019 survey, conducted with 1,200 respondents, has sampling error margins of ±3% for national percentages, and ±6% each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao.

SWS: Duterte’s satisfaction rating hits new record-high

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 22, 2020

President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte’s satisfaction rating has reached a new record high, according to the recent survey of Social Weather Stations (SWS).

Based on the 4th Quarter 2019 SWS Survey, Duterte got a 72% excellent net satisfaction rating, which is seven points higher compared to his September rating of 65%.

Malacañang welcomed the survey result saying President Duterte still has the support of the people.

“This means that the President has the support of the people, for which he is very thankful. But more than that, the people support him because they feel his legacy of real change,” said Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar .—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

65% of Filipinos say martial law in Mindanao should be lifted by end of 2019

Robie de Guzman   •   December 30, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The majority of Filipinos believe that martial law in Mindanao should be lifted by the end of the year, based on the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

In the survey released on Sunday (December 29), the SWS found that 65 percent of Filipinos said that the martial law in the Mindanao region should not go beyond 2019 while 34 percent said it should be extended.

One percent did not provide an answer to the question, “In your opinion, should martial law in Mindanao lapse at end-2019, or be extended for a longer period?”

The SWS said the nationwide survey was conducted from December 13 to 16 by interviewing 1,200 Filipino adult respondents – 300 each in Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

The pollster said that of the 34 percent who support the extension of martial law beyond 2019, 22 percent said it should be extended in the entire Mindanao, 7 percent said it should be extended in Marawi City and the province of Lanao del Sur, and 5 percent say it should be extended in Marawi City, the province of Lanao del Sur, and nearby provinces.

The proportion of those who call for the termination of Martial Law in Mindanao by end-2019 is high in all areas: it is 67% in Metro Manila, 67% in the Visayas, 66% in Balance Luzon, and 61% in Mindanao, the SWS added.

In the December 2019 survey, respondents were also asked about their opinion regarding the statement, “At present, there is no more threat that another Marawi-like terrorist attack can happen anywhere in Mindanao.”

To this, 49 percent agreed, and 16 percent disagreed while 35 percent were undecided about the matter.

The SWS said this gives a net agreement score of +33, classified as very strong.

The SWS terminology for Net Agreement: +50 and above, “Extremely Strong”; +30 to +49, “Very Strong”; +10 to +29, “Moderately Strong”, +9 to -9, “Neutral”; -10 to -29, “Moderately Weak”; -30 to -49, “Very Weak”; -50 and below, “Extremely Weak”.

Survey respondents were also asked about their opinion on this statement, “From the time that Martial Law was declared in Mindanao, up to the present, the military has committed very few, if any, abuses of human rights in Mindanao?”

Fifty-five percent agreed, 14 percent disagreed while 32 percent were undecided.

This gives a very strong net agreement score of +41, the SWS said.

Mindanao has been under martial law since 2017 after the Maute Terror group attacked Marawi City.

The martial law was initially set for 60 days, but it was extended until the end of 2017, then until the end of 2018, and until December 31 of 2019.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier decided he will not be extending martial law in Mindanao following the recommendation and assessment of his security and defense advisers on the situation in the region. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

SWS: 95% of Pinoys are proud when PH does well at int’l sports competition

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 13, 2019

A recent survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed that a very large majority of Filipinos are proud when the Philippines does well in international sports competitions.

According to the Third Quarter 2019 Social Weather Survey conducted on September 27-30, out of the 95% proud Filipinos, 79% say they are very proud and 17% are somewhat proud.

Only 3% do not feel proud – 2% not very proud and 1% not proud at all.

The SWS survey also showed that there are more Filipinos now who take pride when the country does well in international sports than in 2008.

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“In 2008, there were 74% who were very proud and 19% somewhat proud, for a total of 93% who were proud of the country’s achievements in international sports. Those who feel very proud increased by five points, from 74% in 2008 to 79% in 2019,” the survey reads.

Based on the data from the International Social Survey Program’s survey modules on national identity in 1995, 2003 and 2013, the Philippines’ achievements in sports is the top source of pride among Filipinos, along with the country’s history and  achievements in arts and literature.—AAC

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